Who knows, probably 2020 might see the young Russian emerging as the first tennis player in the last four years to break the hegemony.
Nadal will regain the top spot on November 4 and is slated to hold the position even if Djokovic wins the Paris Masters which will offer him 1000 points on victory.
The third-seeded Medvedev picked up his third title in six consecutive finals played since the tour returned to hard courts after Wimbledon in July. He also won the Masters 1000-level tournament in Cincinnati and the St. Petersburg trophy in that stretch.
The defending champion from Serbia, a four-time winner of the Shanghai Masters who had reached the semifinals in all eight of his appearances at the tournament, lost to sixth-seeded Stefanos Tsitsipas 3-6, 7-5, 6-3 on Friday in the quarterfinals.
Top-seeded Djokovic is on a 24-0 sets winning streak in Asia dating back to last year's Shanghai Masters. He won his inaugural appearance at the Japan Open last week without losing a set.
Shanghai, Oct 10: Viktor Troicki fought off a strong comeback from Russian No.1 Mikhail Youzhny to reach the second round of the Shanghai Masters tennis Tuesday.Troicki took the first set before Youzhny surged back into